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Dr Naoko Sugita

Advisor to the Director, Earth Observation Research Center, Japan Aerospace Exploration Agency

Dr. Sugita has more than 20 years of experience in the space sector. She has held numerous roles and led several projects in fostering innovation with the private sector, international cooperation and strategic research for the executives. Among the projects initiated includes collaboration with a startup and local government, which later won the Prime Minister’s award of the Japan Open Innovation Prize.


She is now serving as the Japan lead for Earth Observing Dashboard in cooperation with NASA and ESA, to make information from satellites available to decision-makers and the general public. She is also promoting public-private-academia partnerships through the Consortium for Satellite Earth Observation (CONSEO).

Dr. Sugita also served as the Director of Gender Equality Office of JAXA and has maintained strong interest in this issue.


She obtained her Ph.D. from the National Graduate Institute of Policy Studies for research of the evolution of Japanese space policy and holds master’s degree in Public Administration from the John F Kennedy School of Government, Harvard University.